Final Score: Nationals 8 Mets 2 in 10 innings

The Mets (47-49) lost to the Nationals (56-39) by the score of 8-2 tonight in 10 innings at Citi Field.

Even with the loss, the Mets remain five games behind the Braves in the Wild Card.

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Chris Young started for the Mets allowing just two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings.

David Wright hit his 15th homerun of the season in the fourth inning.

Ike Davis hit the game tying homerun in the seventh, also his 15th of the season.

Ruben Tejada was 3-for-4, all singles, while Daniel Murphy hit his 30th double of season, going 2-for-4. Murphy has 11 hits in his last 15 at bats.

Josh Edgin and Jon Rauch combined for a clean inning of relief in the eighth, followed by a scoreless ninth by Bobby Parnell.

Tim Byrdak started the tenth inning by failing to record an out after Tejada botched a potential double-play. After which, Pedro Beato came into relieve Byrdak and promptly allowed the Nats to score six runs to break the game wide open.[/jbox]

For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.

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 Mike Nichols: When it rains it pours. Another solid starting pitching effort wasted by the Mets bullpen and sloppy Mets defense.

It’s a shame to see yet another wonderful start by a Mets starting pitcher go to absolute waste. Even with the bizzaro start by Chris Young, who this time started slowly allowing two runs in the first inning on a two-run homerun to Bryce Harper, the Mets couldn’t muster enough runs against a equally strong perfomance of Jordan Zimmermann. However, it’s a positive step to see Young handle batters with ease the third time around the order. Hopefully this continues the rest of the season as he gets more starts under his belt.

Speaking of Zimmermann, how pleasurable is it to watch a young pitcher consistently pound the strikezone with first pitch strikes. Forget mechanics for a second, every young pitcher should follow Zimmermann’s lead and not be scared to throw strikes like he does. It’s amazing how simpler an at-bat is for a pitcher when you get ahead. I hope you were watching, Matt Harvey.

The losses are mounting and you can see it’s starting to wear on this team. The dugout looked deflated in the bottom of the tenth inning. Can you blame them? I think as fans we are too. This will be the challenge for Terry Collins going forward. Motivating his young club to keep fighting and rise back up after being knocked to the canvas several times in the last few weeks. Can they do it? Only time will tell, but this team needs life. Matt Harvey is coming up tomorrow, but perhaps another significant move is needed to jolt this club from a near walking dead status.

But, all you really need to know about tonight was summed up during the tenth inning of tonight’s broadcast by Keith Hernandez when he simply said, “Ouch!”

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